The Way You Make a Deal With Life


By Lavelle Leahey

Listen, life is lean, reality is disappointing.

So, consume your hope like body fat, draw in.

Fill chasms of despair with nonessentials.

Be ashamed of hunger, and, denying need.

Learn to counterfeit satisfaction.

Put your trust in shades of gray.

Bank on security–be sensible.

Ignore the quintessential

Substance of your soul.

Having made your deal with life, it’s certain

Then when evening comes,

Having lived your life in twilight,

You’ll be content to sleep,”

Gabriel L. Rico (1983)


1983. Rico, Gabriele L. Writing the Natural Way